Here’s ALISON FARRINGTON’S latest monthly retail round up celebrating newness and innovation on the high street. Benetton is getting a reboot with a 90s nostalgia branding fest; Topshop is also dialling up a reboot for its Boutique collection; H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive collection drops with new closed-loop fabrications and Uniqlo celebrates its LifeWear design principle with a Paris exhibition and pop-up
TOPSHOP REJUVENATES BOUTIQUE Topshop wants to put its premium Boutique line back on the shopping agenda for a new generation of customers that are probably more grown-up and discerning than the retail brand has been talking to in recent years. Boutique is now about a point of difference, global design director Anthony Cuthbertson told the Evening Standard: ‘We are creating perfect wardrobe staples for the contemporary woman,’ he says, adding that the brand will offer investment pieces that are built to last. (more…)
…Groundbreaking. Yes Miranda, I know. But these big blowsy blooms are so happy-making for gruelling January aren’t they?
These are from the new Topshop campaign and typically, I can’t see them on the site yet* (UPDATE! See below for delivery dates]. So I’ve improvised with some other picks. I’m not the girliest girl, so the only way I can fathom these unapologetic florals is styled how they are above with ultra dark high waist jeansand a classic Superga-style sneaker or western boot. If you’re more adventurous than me, you could also wear them with dungarees, or tucked into a midi skirt with ankle socks and chunky Prada-esque heels. Also, clashing florals are never wrong in my book… (more…)
It’s the Topshop Unique day today at LFW and I’m really into the grown up vibe of Topshop‘s current collection. Highlights: the rigid dark denim, winter floral shirt, embellished slingbacks and fringed tailored trousers, all beautifully styled by Kate Phelan in this campaign shot by Giampaolo Sgura. (more…)
It’s been a busy week for fashion with Vetements, Comme des Garçons and Saint Laurent dominating the feeds. And a sad loss for design with the shocking news of the passing of architect Zaha Hadid. Here’s my latest DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, rounding up the brand stories that grabbed my attention…
1. THE OTHER GVASALIA
“Today, I don’t consider Louis Vuitton to be a luxury brand. Yes, the quality is luxury, but if you can go to the store and get whatever you want, it’s not luxury.” Guram ‘brother of Demna’ Gvasalia, the CEO of Vetements, was interviewed by Sarah Mower two weeks ago, giving a candid insight into the nitty gritty of fashion and retail. 1Granary published the best bits… (more…)